(Recorded Prior to the Event)
The interviews below were recorded prior to the event. We preserve them here for the benefit of anyone who would like go back in time and behind the scenes to understand the reasons why the directors of UnifyLA perceived a need for even organizing an event like this. So while the event which is described in the interviews below has already happened, these interviews provide valuable insights for other leaders who want to work for unity in their cities and in their communities.
Behind-the-Scenes with the Directors
In this insightful interview, we go behind-the-scenes with Mark Tsuneishi, Director of UNIFY LA, and Evan Chase, Assistant Director. Click play to hear an interview for such a time as this!
This interview was recorded prior to the event. We are keeping it online and available to you, because it reveals the progress of UNIFY LA from concept to planning to the final hours prior to the event. It reveals why the directors believe unity is so important -- especially at this time when our country is dealing with challenges in the areas of racial division and even civil unrest.
JESUS' PRAYER FOR ALL BELIEVERS
In the Bible, John 17, Jesus prayed to the Father for the unity of all believers.
20"My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, 21that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me.
22I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one -- 23I in them and you in me -- so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.
WILL YOU WORK FOR UNITY?
Who will be the next leaders to work for unity in their cities and in their communities?
Do you need help getting tickets?
Greg Higa served as the Volunteer Coordinator of UNIFY LA, and one of his goals was to make sure that anyone who wanted to go to UNIFY LA could get into the event.
Those who wanted to go to UNIFY LA (but did not have money to buy a ticket) were presented an opportunity to attend the event through this interview.
There are different strategies for hosting a unity event in a major venue. One of the most important factors, for example, is the price of admission. The enthusiasm will be there, because people recognize the importance of an event like this, but must also be accessible. So making it affordable is strategic. Making it free is even better. But certain things need to happen in order for everyone who wants to go to be able to attend. But how do you do that?
This pre-event interview acknowledges and addresses some of these factors. We preserve this interview for any individual or team that is considering a unity event for their city.
PLANNING AND PREPARATION:
If you are interested in planning a unity event in a major venue for your city, please do not hesitate to contact us. We learned some valuable lessons with respect to marketing, timing, price points, negotiations and so much more. And, if you intend to plan a unity event in your city, then we would like to share some of these insights with you.
Are you the kind of person who would you jump at the chance to voice your support for events like this? Would you like to see more events like this?
Did you attend UnifyLA? Great! Call in a testimonial. Perhaps you did not attend the event, but you would still like to voice your support. This would be your opportunity to do so.
We are planning to do a post-event Directors' Interview for UnifyLA, and we will be including some call-in testimonials in that interview. If you would like to participate in this, simply call...
... and then leave your message after listening to the instructions. By leaving your voice message, you are giving us permission to include it -- in whole or in part -- into the Post-Event Director Interviews for UnifyLA.